Lennox CEO says 'significantly cooler temperatures' impacted HVAC market in Q2
"Significantly cooler temperatures and higher precipitation across the United States adversely impacted the HVAC market in the second quarter, and especially in key Central regions where cooling degree days were down over 30% and precipitation was up over 60%," said Chairman and CEO Todd Bluedorn. "Residential segment revenue was down 3% at constant currency and down 4% on a reported basis in the quarter, profit was flat, and margin expanded 80 basis points to 22.3%. Residential price yield was 3.6% in the quarter. Our Residential business had negative tornado impact of $28 million to revenue in the second quarter and $16 million to segment profit offset by $18 million of insurance recovery. Adjusting for the net impact from the tornado and insurance proceeds, Residential revenue was flat, profit was down 1%, and margin was down 40 basis points to 21.1%. "Slower moving shipments in the industry due to adverse weather has slowed regaining market share following the tornado and extends our recovery timeline to include the fourth quarter," Bluedorn added. "For 2019 overall, we now expect $99 million of negative tornado impact to Residential revenue, up from $70 million previously; a negative $54 million impact to segment profit, up from $40 million previously; and insurance recovery for lost profits of $94 million, up from $80 million previously. The resulting $40 million of net benefit to Residential segment profit in 2019 is unchanged. Our Commercial business hit a new second-quarter high for revenue and set new records for segment profit and margin. Commercial revenue was up 4%, led by high-single digit growth in National Account equipment business. Segment profit rose 6% to a record $54 million, and segment margin expanded 50 basis points to a record 20.6%. In Refrigeration, adjusted segment revenue rose 5% at constant currency with volume up in Europe and down in North America. Adjusted segment profit was down 19%, and adjusted segment margin declined 340 basis points to 12.8%, due in part to lower mix and the timing of the sale of refrigerant allocations in Europe compared to the prior-year quarter. We continue to expect revenue growth for both of these businesses in the second half but have reduced the outlook on commercial and refrigeration end markets."